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Kinser Wins #400 at Santa Maria By Richard Day SANTA MARIA, CA (September 23) - Whether it's winning a World of Outlaws championship or a Knoxville Nationals title, Steve Kinser rarely lets pressure affect him. He admitted Saturday, however, after winning the 400th "A" Feature of his World of Outlaws career, that he might have been feeling some pressure as he pursued the milestone. "I should have won it at Hanford (Kings Speedway)," Kinser told the capacity crowd that packed Santa Maria Speedway to witness the memorable event. "I don't think it was really putting any pressure on me. Maybe I was putting pressure on myself, because it was sure hard getting it." After winning #399 in the Skoal Outlaw Series' California tour opener at Calistoga Speedway on September 3rd, "The King of the Outlaws" was the runner-up three times in four "A" Features before the Santa Maria event. Ironically, San Jose Speedway - where he won #300 - hosted the only race in which he failed to finish first or second. "I always enjoy coming out to the West Coast and racing," Kinser said. "These short tracks can sharpen you up, but I really don't like them anymore. Maybe that's just age." His age (40 years young) notwithstanding, Kinser leads the World of Outlaws with 16 "A" Feature victories despite missing 20 of the 63 events the series has run this season. "The King of the Outlaws" earned the right to start the 40-lap main event on the pole by winning the Snap-on Tools Dash from outside the second row. He lost a front-straightaway drag race with outside polesitter Jac Haudenschild within seconds after the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, however. "The Wild Child" had the #22 Pennzoil Maxim four car-lengths ahead of his closest pursuers within three laps, and caught the backmarkers two laps later. At the same time, Skoal Outlaw Series point standings leader Dave Blaney raced into 10th place from the seventh row. Haudenschild was maneuvering through dense lapped traffic late in the seventh lap when Kinser steered his #11 Quaker State Maxim deep into the third corner to take the lead. The caution flag was flying the next time around as Joe Gaerte took the #3DB J&J for a spin while Lee Brewer, Jr., stopped on the back straightaway with mechanical problems. "The Wild Child" beat Kinser through the fourth corner on the ensuing restart, but Brad Furr's front-straightaway spin nullified the pass. Kinser was equal to Haudenschild's challenge as the green flag replaced the yellow, and opened an eight-car-length advantage as fast- qualifier Andy Hillenburg challenged "The Wild Child" for the runner- up spot during lap 11. Hillenburg steered his #2 STP J&J deep into turn four to pass Haudenschild for the runner-up spot as Blaney rode the rim into fifth place five laps later. "The Buckeye Bullet" steered the #10 Vivarin J&J around Randy Hannagan as Kinser approached the backmarkers with a five-car-length advantage midway through the race. Hillenburg caught Kinser in heavy lapped traffic three laps later. But a quick move around Furr and Kevin Pylant in the fourth corner and an inside pass of Greg DeCaires in turn one enabled "The King of the Outlaws" to open a half-straightaway advantage early in the 26th lap. Blaney took the high road around Haudenschild in the second corner to take over third place as Kinser increased his lead to a full straightaway the next time around. "The King of the Outlaws" encountered more backmarkers with five laps remaining, but still lapped up to 10th place while taking the checkered flag with Hillenburg racing into the third corner. Blaney received his eighth Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award of the year for racing into third place from the 13th starting position. Rounding out the top 10 in the World of Outlaws' California tour finale were Haudenschild, Hannagan, Paul McMahan, Keith Kauffman, Steve Kent, Jeff Swindell and 18th-starting Stevie Smith. WoO 1995 World of Outlaws/Skoal Outlaw Series Santa Maria Speedway, Santa Maria, CA Saturday, September 23, Feature Program #63 Qualifications: 1. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 11.746; 2. Paul McMahan, Lamar 3, 12.004; 3. Kevin Pylant, Pylant 14P, 12.086; 4. Steve Kent, Helm 11K, 12.135; 5. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 7TW, 12.171; 6. Mark Monico, ATM Motorsports 21, 12.201; 7. Joe Gaerte, Ulyate 3DB, 12.212; 8. Jason Lund, Lund 8L, 12.249; 9. Dave Blaney, Luna 10, 12.302; 10. Danny Lasoski, Hamilton 77, 12.326; 11. Eric Rossi, Gowen 38, 12.330; 12. Lee Brewer, Jr., Toledo 3T, 12.357; 13. Brent Kaeding, Kaeding 69, 12.383; 14. Stevie Smith, Motter 71M, 12.403; 15. Greg DeCaires, Roth 83, 12.489; 16. Tim Green, Owen 14, 12.495; 17. Greg Hodnett, Two Winners 8TW, 12.569; 18. Brad Furr, Furr 2F, 12.578; 19. Troy Newsome, Newsome 24, 12.579; 20. Jason Statler, Statler 00, 12.619; 21. Graydon Cross, Cross 8, 12.712; 22. Monte Faccinto, Johnson 14D, 12.725; 23. Keith Nafzger, Brown 9B, 12.929; 24. Dale Cross, Cross 9, 13.087; 25. Mike Knopf, Knopf 4B, 13.241; 26. John Miles, Harshbarger 86, 19.340. First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Joe Gaerte, 3. Danny Lasoski, 4. Steve Kent, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Tim Green, 7. Monte Faccinto, 8. Troy Newsome, 9. Mike Knopf. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jason Lund, 2. Eric Rossi, 3. Paul McMahan, 4. Jeff Swindell, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Greg Hodnett, 7. Jason Statler, 8. Keith Nafzger, 9. John Miles. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Dave Blaney, 2. Mark Monico, 3. Kevin Pylant, 4. Greg DeCaires, 5. Graydon Cross, 6. Brad Furr, 7. Dale Cross, 8. Lee Brewer, Jr. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Keith Kauffman, 2. Randy Hannagan, Jac Haudenschild and Steve Kinser for the Snap-on Tools Dash. Snap-on Tools Dash (seven laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Andy Hillenburg, 5. Keith Kauffman, 6. Paul McMahan. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Brad Furr, 3. Lee Brewer, Jr., 4. Tim Green, 5. Jason Statler, 6. Troy Newsome ($210); 7. Dale Cross ($185); 8. Keith Nafzger ($160); 9. Mike Knopf ($110); 10. Monte Faccinto ($100); 11. John Miles ($90). (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 Laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($9,000); 2. Andy Hillenburg ($5,010); 3. Dave Blaney ($3,310); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($3,000); 5. Randy Hannagan ($2,250); 6. Paul McMahan ($2,085); 7. Keith Kauffman ($1,800); 8. Steve Kent ($1,710); 9. Jeff Swindell ($1,510); 10. Stevie Smith ($1,410); 11. Brent Kaeding ($1,210); 12. Jason Lund ($1,110); 13. Eric Rossi ($1,060); 14. Greg DeCaires ($1,010); 15. Lee Brewer, Jr. ($730); 16. Kevin Pylant ($610); 17. Jason Statler ($530); 18. Graydon Cross ($510); 19. Danny Lasoski ($510); 20. Brad Furr ($530); 21. Mark Monico ($510); 22. Tim Green ($530); 23. Joe Gaerte ($510); 24. Greg Hodnett ($530). Lap leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-6, Steve Kinser 7-40 Wells Lamont Hard Charger Award winner: Dave Blaney WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Brad Furr , Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Dave Blaney , Jac Haudenschild , Jason Statler , Jeff Swindell , Tim Green